Log hurled from bridge kills German mother on highway

25th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

The six-kilogram chunk of wood hit the windscreen of the family's car on autobahn number 29 near the northern city of Oldenburg.

Oldenburg, Germany -- German police were Monday hunting a person who hurled a log off a bridge over a highway, killing a 33-year-old mother in the passenger seat of a moving car.

Her husband, 36, daughter, 9, and son, 7, were treated for shock after she died at the scene of her horrific injuries late Sunday.

The six-kilogram chunk of wood hit the windscreen of the family's car on autobahn number 29 near the northern city of Oldenburg.

Spokesman Sascha Weiss said a 14-member police murder squad assigned to the case had no leads yet, but had taken the names of many people who had been watching a bonfire burn nearby and had interviewed nearby residents and searched backyards.

Police believed many people had out and about on streets near the bridge, which connects two districts of Oldenburg across the autobahn.

The family of four had been driving to their home at Warendorf, northern Germany after an Easter seaside holiday on the Baltic coast.

An ambulance doctor was unable to save the mother. Emergency services took the three survivors home and counseled them.

Over the years police have arrested several children and youths in Germany for dropping stones and other objects from bridges onto highways. In many places there is no speed limit and the traffic below is moving at well above 130 kilometers per hour.

DPA with Expatica

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